Vice President Biden Warns About GOP Medicare Aims in South Florida Campaign Stop

His focus was on healthcare reform and Medicare

By Diana Gonzalez
|  Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 10:39 PM EDT
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Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop Friday at Wynmoor Village in Coconut Creek. Speaking to an audience of mostly senior citizens, Biden warned that Republicans in Congress and those running for president are on a mission to dismantle Medicare.

Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop Friday at Wynmoor Village in Coconut Creek. Speaking to an audience of mostly senior citizens, Biden warned that Republicans in Congress and those running for president are on a mission to dismantle Medicare.

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Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop Friday at Wynmoor Village in Coconut Creek.

Speaking to an audience of mostly senior citizens, Biden warned that Republicans in Congress and those running for president are on a mission to dismantle Medicare.
 
“If anyone of them gets their hands on the keys to the White House, I promise you, you
will see Medicare end as you know it,” Biden said.
 
He added that  Republicians are out to repeal the Affordable Care Act enacted exactly two years ago.
 
It has become a major issue in the presidential race.
 
“I see Obamacare as one more example of a president pursuing his attack on economic and personal liberty,” Mitt Romney has said, while Rick Santorum said, “Don’t think there’s any bigger issue than Obamacare."
 
Today the White House released a new report highlighting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. It said 2.5 million more young adults have health insurance through their parents' plans because the age limit was extended to 26. And 5.1 million Medicare recipients have each saved an average of $635 on prescription drugs, the White House said.
 
Patricia Karg, 82, has seen the savings.

“I certainly have. It’s more than I ever thought for this year. It’s amazing," she said.

 
Biden told the seniors that if changes proposed by Republicans go into effect, they’re going to feel it. Medicare covers more than 3 million seniors in Florida.
 
“You’re going to have to pay at least $600 more a year for your drugs, 20 percent more for your visits to the doctor. You’re going to see traditional Medicare change as you know it,” the vice president said.

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